Find Purpose and Community

by nathaniel gonzalez
Community With Opening
United StatesMNStanchfield(show on map )

ARC is a 40 year old spiritual retreat center nestled into 87 acres of old growth white pine, hosting individual retreatants and groups for rest, healing, and reflection.

ARC, however, is a spiritual home not only to its guests but also its resident community. As such, it is imperative that members are able to support each other not only in the day-to-day tasks of running a retreat center but also in their personal and spiritual development.


ARC Support Community: 1 week-1month: these extended volunteers support the long-term sustainability of the ARC community through transition and turnover. During their visit, they learn more about what it looks like to live in community, the structure of ARC and are given a short retreat for themselves.

Short-term Community Member: 3 months-1 year: these community members are often seasonal. Their daily tasks include performing the day-to-day functions of running a lodge and business on 90 acres of land and can include but are not limited to washing dishes, hauling and splitting wood, or tidying. Compensation: $300 stipend/month

Long-term Community Member: 1-3 years: these community members serve as a model of ARC values and are responsible for teaching new community members how to complete their role while while completing their own day-to-day tasks. They maintain the operational sustainability of the organization and community. Compensation: $600 stipend/month

Key Responsibilities:

  • Offering excellent hospitality to guests, including welcoming, sharing meals with them, and helping with onsite needs.
  • Land and outdoor support including caring for the garden, preparing wood and stoking the fire (as able).
  • Housekeeping, including laundry, cleaning and preparing spaces for guests.
  • Assisting with kitchen needs including some meal preparation and clean up, setting tables, clearing tables, washing dishes, and grocery shopping.
  • Living as a full participant in community life through attending: daily meditation, community meetings, activities, and participation in community meals.

ARC does not discriminate based on age, gender, sexuality, class, country of origin, race, dis/ability, faith/spirituality. ARC is committed to exploring social justice as a part of commitment to the land and spirit. ARC is lgbtq friendly & developing a lens to better support BIPOC communities.